Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Mar 28, 2008 11:04 AM

Good lunch in Petaluma

Dear folks~MIL has major opthalmologist's appointment on Monday. She lives in Napa and loves good food. Where can we take her for lunch in Petlauma?

We love Volpe's but that's not the place for her.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'd go to Della Fattoria.

    Della Fattoria
    141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

    1 Reply
    1. Eating out on Mondays is always an issue.
      Volpi's is closed for lunch on Monday anyway, but I am curious why its not for her?

      For Italian: Sugo, Cafe Giostra, or Cucina Paradiso.
      Sushi: Gohan
      Gastropub/microbrewery: Dempsey's
      Thai Food: Banyan Tree
      Mediterranean: Arams

      1 Reply
      1. re: Scott M

        I agree w/ Scott:

        Cucina Paradiso is pretty good.

        Dempsey's is good and fun too. Good beer.

      2. My favorite lunch place in Petaluma is Water Street Bistro. To me, it's a cross between a deli and a cafe and the food is great (owner/chef has credentials). I think it's open on Monday, but check. The menu is spread across multiple wall boards and it takes a while to absorb it all. It's right at the Petalma River and there's a patio for nice days.

        Water Street Bistro (faces Water Street)
        100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Suite 106 (at Western Avenue)

        3 Replies
        1. re: Mick Ruthven

          I completely agree with Mick--Water Street Bistro. Between the incredible soups and salads you can't go wrong. I was always very partial to the chicken muffuletta until Stephanie put a fantastic Reuben on the menu. You will not be disappointed.

          1. re: colby olds

            I've never eaten at Water Street Bistro myself, but I have heard raves from reliable sources that I know.

          2. re: Mick Ruthven

            I also agree with Mick. The food is wonderful. Last time I ordered two bowls of soup, the first time that's ever happened. Water Street Bistro is a rarity and worth a long drive to get to.

          3. PlaceLinking. Also putting in a recommendation for Cafe Zazzle. (:

            Water Street Bistro
            100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery
            50 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Cucina Paradiso
            114 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Aram's Cafe
            131 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952

            5 Petaluma Blvd S Ste B, Petaluma, CA 94952

            1367 N McDowell Blvd Ste 150, Petaluma, CA 94954

            Banyan Tree
            20 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952

            Cafe Zazzle
            121 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA 94952